Here’s Rule #1 regarding spots and spills on your carpeting:
Most carpet available today is stain resistant, so the majority of spills and spots can be removed when immediate action is taken. But the longer the delay the higher the probability of a spill or spot becoming a permanent stain. Remember staining is influenced by many factors and no carpet is completely stain proof. If you catch the spill when it’s fresh you’ve got a good chance of removing it totally. Consider these tips;
- Carefully blot or scrape the entire area before applying any cleaning solution. Remove as much of the spill as possible. If you have a wet vac this can be very handy to remove as much of the spill as possible.
- Before using any cleaning solution test your carpet in an inconspicuous area to make sure the cleaner won’t damage or discolor it. Test the cleaning agents that you keep on hand before you have to use them to make sure they will not harm your carpet. An all-purpose homespun solution that works very well is one part vinegar to one part water and right when you are going to use it add a teaspoon of clear liquid dish soap. Allow this to soak into the stain for 10 minutes before blotting. Or, if you have one of our spotters use it for fantastic results.
- Do not rub the spill — doing this will spread the problem to a larger area. Always blot. Scrubbing may cause pile distortion in the affected area.
- When you apply spot cleaner, work from the outside of the stain toward the inside to avoid spreading the stain. After applying a cleaning solution blot up all the moisture.
- Over-wetting the carpet with any cleaner should be avoided to prevent damaging carpet backing.
- A clean white bath towel is unsurpassed for drying carpet and brushing the nap back up to a standing position.
Complete removal of the spill may require repeating the same step several times. After the spill has been completely removed rinse the affected area hours later thoroughly with cold water, and blot with a dry white paper or terry towel Repeating the rinsing and blotting until all of the solution has been removed. Most cleaning solutions will become a dirt magnet if they are not completely removed. If you feel that there is still too much moisture after blotting the carpet place a 3/4-inch-thick stack of white paper towels over the spot and a heavy plastic weight on top to draw up any moisture from the spill that might remain in the carpet backing and fibres. Let this sit there for a couple of hours.
If you do not feel comfortable attempting a spill clean up we would be happy to come out and do it for you. Our minimum charge of $150 applies to regular cleaning hours and emergency after hours minimum is $250. HST is not included.
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